Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice works to ensure federal and state laws that protect an individual’s ability to live in safe and accessible housing are enforced. Hawai‘i Appleseed also seeks to be a policy resource for community groups, administrative agencies, governmental entities, and other non-profit organizations that want to understand how housing laws and policies can be used to improve the state of public housing projects in Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i Appleseed has been involved in advocacy for individuals living in the state housing projects to improving housing conditions and to increase utility allowances. We also work closely with Partners in Care, a coalition of service providers and advocates working to end homelessness on Oahu and throughout the islands. Please contact jenny@hiappleseed.org to learn more about how to get involved.

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Hawai‘i’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Appleseed’s July 2014 report, “Hawai‘i’s Affordable Housing Crisis: The High Cost of Our Affordable Housing Shortfall,” details the severity of Hawai‘i’s housing shortage and the financial strain it places on our working families, compiling the facts and figures that illustrate the dire housing situation facing Hawai‘i.
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Accessory Dwelling Units

Appleseed’s April 2014 policy brief explores the broader use of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in Hawai‘i as an option for creating more affordable housing. ADUs are separate units built on residential properties with single family homes. These small units can be detached or detached from the main structure and contain at minimum a sleeping area, bathroom, and kitchenette. High-cost localities around the country have used ADUs as a straightforward solution to help create additional housing that maintains the neighborhood’s character while benefiting property owners, who collect rental income.
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Reimagining Housing in Hawai‘i

In November 2013, Hawai‘i Appleseed released a report entitled Reimagining Housing in Hawai‘i, detailing successful affordable housing models like microunits, ohana housing, modular housing, among others. These models have been successful in places as diverse as the Bronx, Seattle, Santa Cruz, Alabama, and Amsterdam.
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In the News

Staff Attorney Jenny Lee appears on PBS Hawai‘i's Island Insights with Dan Boylan to discuss homelessness and affordable housing on April 18, 2013. View the video below or click here to view it on YouTube.

Executive Director Victor Geminiani appears on PBS Hawai‘i's Island Insight show discussing Affordable Housing, in reference to the report we released in February 2012.

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